Sierra Leone Disaster: Appeal for Support

Sierra Leone Disaster: Appeal for Support

Caritas Nigeria seeks your generous support for victims of mudslide and flood disaster in Sierra Leone. More than 100 houses were hit by this disaster while thousands of people are in dire need of life saving assistance. To extend your charity beyond your locality,kindly donate into
Fidelity Bank,
Account number: 4150002393
www.caritasnigeria.org
info@ccfng.org

Caritas Nigeria Responds to the Mobility Need of Veritas University, Abuja

As part of her efforts in reinforcing the existing cordial relationship among the CBCN agencies, as well as intervening in social and economic needs, Caritas Nigeria has donated a 30 Seater Nissan Civilian bus to Veritas University of Nigeria, Bwari – Abuja.
At the presentation of the vehicle which took place on the 31st of August, 2017, the Executive Secretary/CEO of Caritas Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey, articulated his immense interest in ensuring that students’ mobility needs are met with the arrival of the bus, especially given the geographical location of the institution.  He expressed the fact that the Episcopal Chairman of Caritas Nigeria Bishop Lucius Ugorji gave his approval for the initiative to be undertaken.

 

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Kwanashie, alongside members of the Governing Council witnessed the presentation and expressed gratitude to Caritas Nigeria for the apt gesture.

 

Caritas Nigeria sourced the bus from a donor interested in supporting Catholic Church activities.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Response to the outcry against NGO Bill

PRESS RELEASE: CARITAS NIGERIA AND JDPC’S RESPONSE TO THE OUTCRY AGAINST THE NGO BILL

 

Caritas Nigeria and JDPC are organs of relief and development on behalf of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria and are registered as Incorporated Trustees under the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria.

Caritas Nigeria and JDPC observe that most Catholic Dioceses and Archdioceses and Christian Churches that are registered in Nigeria under the CAC are registered as Incorporated Trustees and therefore fall under the NGO categorization; therefore unless a separate categorization is established for religious organisations, by law they are seen as incorporated Trustees and therefore as NGOs.

Caritas Nigeria and JDPC have refrained from making any public statements hitherto because in the spirit of collaboration, we have been working with the House Committee on NGOs and Development Partners, to come up with a legal framework that was mutually acceptable. Caritas Nigeria and JDPC have attended public hearings in the past on similar bills on the control NGOs, which did not see the light of the day as Acts of Parliament.

Caritas Nigeria and JDPC are now constrained to make public its position based on the groundswell of public opinion and condemnations that have greeted the new NGO bill as presented by the Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.

We would like to state as follows:

Caritas Nigeria and JDPC have raised issues during interactive sessions with the Hon. Speaker organized by Situation Room on why  there have been not less than eight attempts on the floor of the House to control NGOs instead of providing public financial support to NGOs as is done in many nations of the world.  To this end Caritas Nigeria and JDPC and other NGOs would only accept an NGO Bill that would guarantee public financial support especially to humanitarian NGOs without compromising the independence of the NGOs.
Caritas Nigeria and JDPC appreciate the need for members of the House to be acknowledged by their constituencies as having put forward a bill for consideration. However this should not be at the expense of the reputation of the entire House; presently the National Assembly is perceived as a cesspool of corruption, and such bills that seem to put the House on a face-off with citizens only portray the House as intent on protecting a ‘Lootocracy’ that should not be questioned, hence the intent on muzzling NGOs. This bill is not in the interest of the House itself.
Caritas Nigeria and JDPC advise more collaboration between House Committees and the leadership; for as the majority leader, Hon. Umar Jubril should have been aware of efforts between the House Committee on NGOs and Development Partners and CSOs, including Caritas Nigeria and JDPC. Hon. Jubril’s disruptive effort is highly suspicious, especially against the backdrop of such security threats as the herdsmen attacks which are being seen as part of a sinister agenda of domination. Knowing fully well that his religion demands him to use his position to promote and protect religion, is this Hon. Umar’s subtle way of promoting and protecting his religion by setting up a framework in which others might be persecuted ?
We would advise that in the light of all the deep concerns expressed by well meaning citizens, the National Assembly dropped all attempts to legislate on NGOs and allow NGOs originate such legislation themselves as private member’s bill.
It should be noted that, while we may have a few bad eggs among the NGOs, the main concern of all arms of government should be how to change the perception of Nigerians about government as ineffective, corrupt, wasteful and lacking of vision. Now that Hon. Umar Jubil has made a name for himself, he should withdraw the bill and stop adding fuel to an already heated polity. The bill should not move further than it has reached already.
Caritas Nigeria and JDPC urge all NGOs that employ staff to collect and remit PAYE of their staff to their various States Revenue services, make the mandatory annual returns to Federal Inland Revenue Service(FIRS) after their annual audits, and get the SCUML certification from EFCC as required, especially if they receive foreign funding, as we believe rightly that there are already enough regulatory frameworks on ground to make superfluous any self-seeking piece of legislation.

 

Signed.

 

 

Fr. Evaristus Bassey

National Director

Caritas Nigeria and JDPC

Communique on Anti-Human Trafficking

Caritas Nigeria, in partnership with Justice Development and Peace Commission of Benin Province held an Inter-faith Conference on Anti-human Trafficking at Bishop Kelly Pastoral Center, Benin-City,  from 4th-5th October, 2017. At the end of the event, a communique was issued.
Participants doing group work at the event

 

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Inter-faith Conference on Anti-human Trafficking in Benin: Fr. Bassey’s Address

Caritas Nigeria Executive Secretary, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey addressed participants at the Inter-faith Conference on Anti-human trafficking  that held in Benin, Edo State from 4 – 5 of October, 2017.

 

The event which was organized in collaboration with Justice Development and Peace Commission of the Arch-diocese of Benin had in attendance several faith-based leaders and traditional institutions in the South-South geopolitical region of Nigeria.

In his address, Fr. Bassey highlighted prevention as a key measure in stemming the menace posed by this ‘modern-day slavery’ while also drawing the attention of the Edo State Government and relevant government institutions to the recommendations made in the past by Special committees set up in relation to Human trafficking in Nigeria and as reflected in the 7th and 8th Nigerian Country Reports.

Caritas Nigeria & JDPC 2016 Annual Report

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CDC HIV & TB Symposium

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), organized a two-day HIV & TB Intervention Symposium for all her Implementing Partners (IPs) in Nigeria.

The event which took place at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja on the 13th and 14th of November 2017, was designed to highlight the achievements of IPs in the country and forge a way forward for the future.

Each IP, including Caritas Nigeria, gave a brief overview of their five year HIV & TB program activities.

On the first day, Caritas Nigeria, through its Senior Technical Assistant, Dr. Wale Fadare, made a presentation which showcased the SUSTAIN programs Community ART (cART) platforms such as the use of eRangers to access hard-to-reach areas as well the Congregational approach for PMTCT. During one of the Panel Discussion sessions, Project Director, Dr. John Oko responded to questions from the audience on the efficiency, cost-effectiveness and lessons learnt from implementation of the cART program. {gallery}cdcsymposium{/gallery}

One of the centres of attraction at the event was Caritas Nigeria’s booth where its recently commissioned documentary on the SUSTAIN program was streamed for participants to view. Visitors to the booth were also excited to pick copies of Caritas Nigeria’s Strategic Plan, Fact sheet, Annual Report, PMD Pro flyers, and Quality Improvement Standard Operating Protocol (SOP).

Worth mentioning was the recognition accorded by CDC to Caritas Nigeria for their Quality Improvement (QI) SOP, a manual which most IPs did not have.
The CDC-sponsored Symposium had in attendance, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac F. Adewole, Director General of NACA, Dr. Sani Aliyu, US Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. W. Stuart Symington and CDC Atlanta representatives amongst several other stakeholders.

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Inter-faith Platform for FBO Response

Caritas Nigeria has won another position of honour by emerging as the first Secretariat for the Working Group of the newly reactivated Inter-faith HIV Care and Treatment Response Group in Nigeria.

 

This occurred at a meeting of Faith-based (FBO) stakeholders which held on Thursday 16th November, 2017 in Abuja. The meeting was facilitated by NACA with technical support from UNAIDS.

 

A key outcome from the event was the constitution of a Working Group which will is expectd to metamaorpose into the official coordination bOdy (to be registered and incorporated Trustee) for Interfaith HIV response in Nigeria. The working group consists of 7 Christian organizations 7 muslim organizations, and 1 interfaith organization (INERELA + Nigeria), with Caritas Nigeria serving as the secretariat for the new born body.

Proceedings from the first meeting of the secretariat – which comes up within two weeks – will feed into the upcoming National Consultation (a follow-up to the regional consultation on Pediatric HIV that took place in in June, 2017 in Abuja), and will be hosted by UNAIDS, Caritas Internationalis andPEPFAR.
The communique from the meeting which was signed by all participants will be disseminated by NACA while continuing to provide technical support to the Working Group Secretariat.

Caritas Nigeria was represented by its Deputy Executive Secretary, Fr. Uche Obodechina, Dr. Callistus Akinleye, Winifred Stanis Ezeobi and Dr. Wale Fadare.

Cardinal Arinze commends Caritas Nigeria

H.E Francis Cardinal Arinze shares the importance of work with staff of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria and commends the work of Caritas Nigeria in bringing succour to those in need.

Caritas Nigeria Wins Award

The office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Disability Matters in partnership with ‘Living for Disabilities’ and ‘Naija Theatre of Love’ gave an award to Caritas Nigeria, in recognition of the organization’s selfless service to humanity.
Video shows CEO of Caritas Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey receiving the award in the presence of staff and friends of the organization

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